Four Lectures

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Content: FOUR LECTURES Stephen Rodefer Originally published by The Figures in 1982.
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] Preface Writing and painting are deeply identical. --Paul Klee My program is simple: to surrender to the city and survive its inundation. To read it and in reading, order it to read itself. Not a doctrine, but a public notice. The city, which even before Baudelaire had been a ready-made collage or cutup of history, constantly remaking itself-a work of art, founded on an anthill. And every art grows out of the same collective desire which informs and compels the idea and reality of a city (Latin colligere, to tie together.) A district, or a ghetto, is a segmentation, an alternative version which both resists and embodies in a different fashion, that is with an opposing ideology, the original model. Hence, dialect and civil strife are alternating codes of the same phenomenon: the city does not hold together. Language, which also binds together and extends, including as it isolates, is a city also. In such a metropolitan of history, in which the city is literally the mother, the greatest art is painting, if only by the sheer weight of the temporal. Without a city and its structures there would be no painting. The only thing precedent to painting is caves-the Gilgamesh is not as old as Lascaux. The Greeks had painted sculpture and from the start all cultures have painted their deities. Today we have painted cities, painted conveyances, painted apartments, painted roads, painted people, even painted food. Is it not time for painted poetry as well? A poetry painted with every jarring color and juxtaposition, every simultaneous order and disorder, every deliberate working, every movement toward one thing deformed into another. Painted with every erosion and scraping away, every blurring, every showing through, every wiping out and every replacement, with every dismemberment of the figure and assault on creation, every menace and response, every transformation of the color and reforming of the parts, necessary to express the world. Even the words and way of language itself will suffer the consequent deformity and reformation. The color beneath, which has been covered over, will begin to show through later, when what overcame it is questioned and scraped on, if not away. Political revolution answers the same process. Shapes and lines converging and diverging will formulate new ideas, the true statement of which is not fully disclosed, but fully embodied. There is a continuing direction felt within, but ordered from without. When the oppressed whole is dismantled, the parts will find a new place, more proper to them, or else all fails. In the future it will be said of such a mode, regarding its material and its language, to adapt a phrase Augustus used of Rome, that it found it brick but it left it aggregate. Deliberate decomposition is required in a state of advanced decay. 2
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] Marble is no longer the style of course. Our era promises to make the late Roman look small time, if not benign. In a world in which there are more photographs than there are bricks, can there be more pictures than there are places? I'm told that soon there will be more people living than have ever died. In innumerable ways we exist in an incomprehensible age. It is entirely unnecessary for this argument (though ultimate) to mention nuclear weapons. The signs are otherwise quite enough. In art, just as in life, significance tends to emerge tentatively, as figures in an abstraction, or a seascape in Kandinsky, even as the figurative element reveals new structural relations which then redefine the abstraction. For example, say, Rosso Fiorentino, Nosferatu, or the latest improvised quartet. Such a poetry as is suggested here is not a new concept, any more than poetry as music is. In our world it's been around at least since Blake, and was revived by Klee, Huidobro, and Picabia. My decision to take up the art again is simply carrying on, which is of course the meaning of tradition. Painted poetry is probably as ancient as the absence of machines, and with good fortune will survive the ends brought on by them. The old form/content play has always been self-contained, like Hamlet or any good Polish sausage, somewhere between metaphor and metonymy, as the linguists would remind us, or Gertrude and Laertes. The modern world began with the first contiguity disorder, i.e. at birth, when things become wrenched from their similarity. But bent out of shape is also bent into shape. New replacements are expected, and they always come. We start to be fed things forcibly. We can throw up, not eat, or fold the spoon in half. Several wars are going on at once, but there is also one big war. The peace that is won with difficulty at times out of 8 this condition will necessarily always be partial; the map will ever be fragmented and changing. The same territory with a different name makes no more sense than a different state with the same name, though we are asked in the so-called post-modern world to swallow this kind of malfeasant pitch all the time. The word itself sounds the end. The events and systems that embody this swarming state of affairs have become so mixed, complex, and unconscious at once, that what is required to read it is the ultimate painting. It can be made in any number of ways, but there is no way now that it can be anything but apocalyptic. A vision is intended, rather than an explosion. For writing is a graphic art, and a word projects either stroke or color. As it is born, a poem is drawn. It can begin with a figure or a line. It can begin to clothe a cartoon or about the idea of anything. It begins to paint itself. It can be made with a pencil or with a knife, with a pen or a recorder, or with a keyboard contraption that strikes the paper. It requires patience, approach, observation, technique, impulse, intent, alternation, energy, and obsession. It can be attacked by history, as well as attack history. It can be unknown and done only for itself and nothing other. Its meaning can change in time, and always does. 3
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] Completed, the art object is nothing but the fantasy of a given artist at a particular time. If fully worked and read totally, it will reveal all there is to know about the life of the artist, the conditions in which it was made, as well as implicate the development of art up to its example. It is shape of mind, as such. The formation of the work will literally imply the history of the species (imply: to fold in, envelop, embrace). Hence it will take its place at the latest point of a tradition that it will then be carrying on, no matter what. Tradition as borne: not only what speaks to us across time, but that which we drag along, what we lift into the picture as well as what by a differential operation we "unload." Footstep, tread, trace, track, path, thoroughfare, method, practice, market, peripatetic trade, TRADITION. I consider the enterprise of poetry therefore to be musical and graphic at once, more than literary. For how much more illuminating and amusing it is (music/ MOSAIC, belonging to the muses) to compose language, or to paint poetry, than simply to write it. As should a book be as deep as a museum and as wide as the world. 4
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] Pretext Then I stand up on my hassock and say sing that. It is not the business of POETRY to be anything. When one day at last they come to storm your deluxe cubicle, Only your pumice stone will remain. The left trapezius for now Is a little out of joint. Little did they know you came with it. When nature has entirely disappeared, we will find ourselves in Stuttgart. Till then we're on the way. The only way not to leave is to go. The gods and scientists heap their shit on Buffalo and we're out there, Scavenging plastic trees. When nature has entirely disappeared, We'll find ourselves in the steam garden. Evening's metonym for another Beady-eyed engineer with sexual ideas, who grew up eating animals. Do you like the twelve tones of the western scale? I prefer ninety. I may work in a factory but I slide to the music of the spheres. My job is quality control in the language lab, explaining what went Wrong in Northampton after the Great Awakening. So much was history. My father is a sphinx and my mother's a nut. I reject the glass. But I've been shown the sheets of sentences and what he was Really like remains more of a riddle than in the case of most humans. So again I say rejoice, the man we're looking for Is gone. The past will continue, the surest way to advance, But you still have to run to keep fear in the other side. There is a little door at the back of the mouth fond of long names Called the juvjula. And pidgeon means business. It carries Messages. The faces on the character parts are excellent. In fact I'm having lunch with her next week. Felix nupsit. Why should it be so difficult to see the end if when it comes It should be irrefutable. Cabin life is incomplete. But the waterbugs' mittens SHADOW the bright rocks below. He has a resemblance in the upper face to the man who robbed you. I am pleased to be here. To my left is Philippa, who will be signing for me. 5
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] WORDS IN WORKS IN RUSSIAN In the ignorance that implies impression that KNITS knowledge that finds the nameform that whets the wits that convey contacts that sweeten sensation that drives desire that adheres to attachment that dogs death that bitches birth that entails the ENSUANCE of... I was working in a factory. I'd seen BLOW UP and had a mini skirt, AKA yack yack, ready for puking. The yoghurt was really happening. Leaning against one of the pillars with his axe in his hand, something different about the way he behave. What was that little black thing you saw there in the white? It sure was a lay that day. Propose to be a godfather and carry it out. Send scarlet Brazilian orchids to the fired workers. The two one-eyed bandits D and C, about as famous as you could get with what they'd got. Born on the eve of the Chilean coup and recouperating in the backyard, saying "They got a bloody nail. They got a bloody body. You want the serpents? They have a bloody house." We'll have to keep the applause meter turned off otherwise it'll just get too noisy. I get to sleep next to the night light. I'm going to CUT myself, so I can go to the office. The first taco I ever ate was in a graveyard on a date in Eureka, California. Cut the crap and get on with the subterfuge. Amsterdam, a good place to be stone. Pathetic Bethesda. Strike the mojo and give your hand a rest. My hand became my enemy in 1983. What is brilliant becomes boring, in the future's perspective, like another zombette with one uncertainty piled on the other. Continue the serious action. The note to Harold Fondren. For sure this is a boisterous barnyard. Very Reverdy. Give me a bite so I can stop talking too. Life is a tangle and it's LIVID, because of the chemicals. I have no checking account, no thyme, no marjoram. Many times I wondered when they took my daddy down. 6
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] The owners can eat pain. A caballero without a horse. Chairman Mao will never pick up a telephone again. Begin to think of cruelty as the inability not to be cruel and try to stay decent. The unearthly crocuses. I wish I were assured of my condition. Now that we are all here, will something always continue to stand still, like an agent? God will hold it against you if you don't believe in anti-matter. At last, the something of prose. Cello V. My back. Who is the figure the TEXT of which we are now the event? You're wrong, master, just and wrong. Little Joe's. A mural, an aria, the beach. Better than a therapist. Inscrutable, colossal, and alone, the sands stretch far away enough. Pretty flashy lighthouse you got here. Cercamon, Marcabru, and Blackburn too. This certainly is a beautiful "spot." Entre la campagne, et la ville. I'll call you. Endymion was obscure too. There follows a wrangle. See you at La Mamelle or The Stud. Tipica Cienfuegos. Odetta Mo. Longevity is out of the question. Play by bending. Van Gogh's pear trees shining like shark paint in the skull-like flowers. People in bed with themselves do not really sleep with each other, they're just Buddhists in love. You dream you are the master of Nottingham and all of a sudden, creditors. School children are a joy to be held. Peeing in the garden behind the Preandergestraat, I apologize to the universe for being alive so long. I was drawing a tree at a RODEO, and they were throwing down a lot of cowboy boots from the balcony. Fantastic variations on a nightly theme. Matthew Smith's nudes. John Martin's apocalypse. The fairy fellow's master stroke. The Cholmondeley Sisters. Words in works in Russia. Out the window may be out to lunch for those who fuck only once, but what about us monks? Judgment is thistledown. Poetics is job application. Economy was dead in the water. 7
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] Dutch has dykes that make the germen palatable with their tongues. Then there's Bunny at Tassajara. Apply nivea cream and be dumb. In regards death everybody is a mystic. Cheeseburgers may be required in Paradise. House playing geraniums pretending to like tables, windows. Pure imitation and learning look up to Maxwell Bodenheim in their mistake. Ted has a knack of using You without using you and that's a snack. It's blood that makes us love, at the Galerie Fiolet. For dinner is a cheap side of poultry; sleep is for the restless. Buy film! for the emotions to take place at the crack of dawn. We must give up our tradition and write like ghosts released to their machines. Whereas in the Blue Room at home Roosevelt invented polio, picking apart daddylonglegs. Somewhere you'll find an apartment which is without a Belgian toilet. All the cats of Venice were brought from Egypt in order to consume the canal mice. Beautiful Sonia Delaunay. Kerb your tyres. Brooklyn Yoghurt Chewing Gum -- la gomma del ponto. Otto Dix, Portrait de la journalist, beside the great Malevitch. Just in case they had of, I merely thought I wouldn't. Bill Berkson in an extraordinary pair of wicker sunglasses, smoking a Kent. Whatever wears you out, you wear out. Just call the press HARP SEAL, Richard, and forget it. The nail is unison. I just want to be social and suck, writing the treatise on suicide Not To Be, an incidental Spicerian stanza. This time your water is golden and I smell like a bad wing, recalling the witchcraft of Kathleen. I have played the horses Crucible, Nom de Plume, Ecstasy, and Werther, bleary eyed at the scene of last night's debauchery and drinking with the dunce's advantage. The moon is for the eye and it is a sin to step on it. Don't believe except what you imagine. Visit all graves with masses of newly devised beauty. We must go our own way but remember we are going to have to take them with us. The specter brother who got the pistol but not the STAMINA. The only problem is choosing which bedroom to get, because there are so many. Grace Hartigan's post doctoral work leaves one cold, for instance, 8
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] while Marsden Hartley is terrific. So much for time and development. When the student sits down, the teacher appears. I hold a little Hoolihan in mind. If you will not go with to see Wendy on her stilts, then you are a piglet. I have my cadets and I wish they had less power over me this year. We who find ourselves in these bodies maturing anyway. I rilke don't trust it. I'd rather have dog shit on my lawn than bottled water. Instead of what has always been known to be depth, complexity, and pressure of spiritual thought, you can always make it on hijinks, gloze, and chicanery, like a COKE machine. Do you not think? The depression that comes from not being granted is not very impressive. Most of the fish I have known if they had had bicycles wouldn't have been eaten. By the day what is the record for bank robberies in New York? Can you believe some English actually made his homage to the BEACH BOYS by cutting an electronic collage of their seminal work? No, of course you can't. But a California girl is a potential song. Music becomes gilt. Glom onto some redolent creep and pretend that you are in love. I'm sick of daylight. I want God. My name is Gaston and I would like you to make it out to cash. I don't care an iota to be an atom in the dynamic of ordinary interface. Remember Toscanini, after all, conducting La Bohиme in Turin in 1896. A sure sign of victory, seeing a lot of sable coats and crocodile bags leaving Iran. This monastic but indulgent plateau series for dissonant and enduring blacksmiths, moving from laughter to famine in a cycle of determination in which art does not lament what ears have sung all to themselves. Still, strange to grow a bush of parts, and exemplary depart. Here go one. Silent reading! everybody, silent reading! Meine liebestraum, meine liebesfreund, meine liebestod. Once upon a time there were four rabbits running along toward their mischief. This, as in "with this ring I thee wed." Charles Olson's broad side. We've got bejillions of flowers, for the Louis the XIVth whose identity has never been established absolutely. And I was in it at the time when my bed was burnt to the ground. Not a good prospect from which to become the reigning Butterfly of your time. 9
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] Strange still to be 28 or 32, and face imminent uterine disaster at any moment. God may not exist, but he has certainly spoken quite a bit. You can form a farm, register Democrat, and control more than ten percent of the county vote, making like The King of Marvin Gardens, a marred but stimulating flic. Wasn't it Shakespeare who said, "That was not a nice letter"? And then I started to get this feeling of NAUSEA. Deaf is lisp for death. Pass me a little of that petit pain. It's supposed to get cloudy and not be so marvellous tomorrow (rain?). I'm holding out for some black underwear from beyond. There are two truly effective things women can withdraw to teach you you have not acted correctly -- your children and themselves. I'm getting out of here and it ain't gonna be on no public transport. Some people's half lives are longer but that doesn't mean they're lead. We just want to be a part of NATURE and stay there. Cornelius Cardew's piano works on proletarian themes. Finadar 6011. Well I ate breakfast now what? Ursula Oppens plays Frederic Rzewski. Van. VSD 71248. Dying in a vacuum of endless work won't work so don't try. Do you have any bottled sweat? You'll make it hard to sleep alone in the Goetheneum, even when dead. About as obvious as Dante being a druggist. Overcome by the percussive element you start up the stairs, and they backfire. The opportunities of this world have become so scarce that people have stopped applying for them. The result is that periods of deprivation have become much longer. People who used to spend a few weeks or a month seeking a job or a place to live, or a lover, now are looking for years, or not bothering to look at all because they know it's not there, or it's too expensive, or they can't have it because they haven't already got it. When breakdowns occur under this kind of UPPED ANTE (or you could say people are sitting at a table where there are no longer any cards being dealt), 10
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] they are likely to be much more severe -- it is altogether a cruel and unusual turn of events, but out of it we should not expect a new Constitution. Let me say this bang out. I wonder what thoughts Hardy was absorbed in when he died. Every day is a day for a lovely factory worker. I probably like this alot less than you do. Some people are more like porticoes than patios. Thereby are they kept from their proper vacation. In love remove your antlers. Mal Waldron and Charlie Haden take care of all the passion questions. I am one of the people in the great CHAIN of being. Now where's the food, where's the money, and where is the love. You know Hatha Surrender, Dean of JFK's School of Consciousness? Women and watches have one common power. Byron got his club foot because his mother wore a corset when she was pregnant. Sometimes screams can give birth to incredible moments, and eyes depend on you's and a yes for however many sous. The whales beached in the Bay of California when Charlie Mingus passed. When we talk of freedom let us have the memory to speak of it in a Biblical way. Burn the Christmas green at the Pacific. Feel the original heat of the earth's breast. The only country with a higher percentage of its population in prison that the USA is South Africa. Content and form have always been the same, only vice versa. Prince Charles owns Dartmoor. The only poetry which really interests you is your own, but you don't bring this up since it seems so reactionary and you know it's the same with your friends. Thank god though that in spite of pretending to be some rock regardless of what you think you are, you are becoming something else. Several of your friends are happy at the NEWS too. Not on your kodachrome. Would you? Nice matin. Molly is Jane People. Lon Nol is worse than Pol Pot? Lost one of your glassies? Just ordinary brain damage due to the difficulty of asking for company. It's a wonder all the tall trees are not lying down on strike. 11
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] In Tehran to show pleasure they throw candy and rose water on each other in the street, knowing how. A dry, brown mushroom from Menlo Park with no price. On his deathbed Brueghel instructed his wife to burn some of his paintings as they could get her into trouble, lending personality to his oeuvre. Paranoia is a carful. Step into her bed. A woman so preserving she wouldn't sleep with you in a bomb shelter. So do not flush this toilet unthinkingly there is a water shortage. Take a shit with a friend, picking up on the side Karl Marx' comic novel Scorpian and Felix, the dark little SAVAGE. Let me answer with red cheeks and white flesh all such questions of steady income. If you ever need a rubberband, it's in the front yard. Marching anciently and out of sight, the lift is cool and the countess dunked. I have an ardor for orgy but it is not an ardor. Debauchery dies in sedated children, counsellor. The non-Indian support coalition for indigenous people. Pawning his coat to buy potatoes, his mother wondered naturally when he was going to stop writing about it and make some. Boyfriends were dispensible in the weather in which every other day was capital. As in Steve Benson's work Alligators Can't Be Intimidated. I am a machine condemned to devour books and then throw. Smelly recent past. Truly fertile older history. For carbuncles try port, try arsenic, try opium. Suffering from syphillis and losing his epiderm, poor Schubert found solace in composing music he hardly ever heard AIRED. Plain print, that's what we long for a century later. Write a long work called Now Wait a Minute or The Radio Controlled Torpedo George Antheil Patented With Hedy Lamarr. How's your suffering zombette, now she's heavy into chicanisma? There's that grungy cur death, making its first tentative scratch at the door. Let's have another drink. Another penultimate libation on the grave of the muse before bed. With HUE like that of some great painter, 12
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] who dips his pencil in the gloom of earthquake and eclipse. Everybody's at some fault. The British Railroad wouldn't hire Marx because his handwriting was so awful. Remember Irving Flores. When you are dead to everything, you might as well be dead. The house plants are starving for some birth control. Another quality job by Colleges and Romeo. Fuck penises! Stand backish. Figone, Provincial, and Maple. Urine therapy. Berkeley. Journeyperson work. Napoleon, the inventory of the concealed weapon. A flying fish high over Twenty Languages. Ruptured Gringos. Hard Bargain. Johnnie Squeekie. Exuma Cay. As you expand become all evocative. Upper level obsession. A green Egyptian by a muddy nail. Let's just say they enter a room with dubious godsend. Let me be a Christian to your lion and end this circus once and for all. The noble look of deep trouble. Tell him I send him my love and we should be together soon. After Henry Cowell spent these years I now live locked in prison as a homosexual, he did not want to be differentiated from the public and his music understandably changed direction and became more international. Dinky Baby. Lisa AKA Chocolate. Li!' Rocky. No egrets. No LAGOON. The reason the so-called ecology movement appeals so much to the rich and leisure class is that the country is the work place of the rich and leisure class. It is the fact that their environment is being threatened for the first time on the same level that an industrial worker or someone in the ghetto has been accustomed to for a life time. Enter the dope lawyer as a friend of the earth. The Moment's Pause Hydrotherapy Gallery NEXT to the MacDonalds in Mill Valley. Though it may not be smart checkers, I've got my bindle packed and think I'll head on out, before they blow the goobers off me. Nothing is true, but everything is real. Bob says "He 13
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] sure eats alot!" What did you expect, a hunger artist? Remember that the sun is big and your mother lives in 11-A. Remember the triumph over poverty that reaches into jail, and that you may never touch that creature whom you love. Vibe means tremulous power, as in vibrato. Of Tanguy I sing. Bivouac. In the guest room of the Apollo Wax Museum. A man of color, with all of the calluses, who might as well pitch. 14
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] SLEETING WITH THE LIGHT ON That which is heard from the lips of those to whom we are talking in our day's affairs mingles with what we see in the streets and everywhere about us as it mingles also with our imaginations. By this chemistry is fabricated a language... which shifts and reveals its meaning as clouds shift and turn in the sky and sometimes send down rain or snow or hail... Thus to say that a man has no imagination is to say nearly that he is blind or deaf. But of old poets would translate this hidden language into a kind of REPLICA of the speech of the world with certain distinctions of rhyme and meter to show that it was not really that SPEECH. Nowadays the elements of that language are set down as heard and the imagination of the listener and of the poet are left free to mingle... I don't want to make a disclaimer beforehand but it wasn't raining in the capital. Who's the woman with Attila? Don't all start at once but begin anyway. More is what ensues when it is no longer the same. Half way between here and God change place as in a novel, continuing to sing as though it were verse. Pride doesn't speak. It kicks its foot out of the cradle to disturb the mobile meant to hang over its slumberpoo like a waterfowl on pilot. Out of paint make light, like a painter. Go far enough so this phrase will become itself. One voice can't date address any longer. The LYDIAN MODE. The chartreuse in the distance of the homerun. A woman is dating an undertaker. She has a right. He wants her to lie down beside the still. Birds are in the trees and they know it. They don't drink. They consider the beauty of hills when they are on them and when they are not. Something in nature that is definitely not coffee. Comes a tide to make the clams open up, into the figment called dusk. Jealous teachers poison their pupils; gooselivers, the favorite food of Mozart. Some feisty old school teacher assigned the boy to write something about his love of rocks. He bought the rocks and the rocks won. The trilobites piled into their cars. Others run until their toes leave their bodies. Left books under bush in lot across from school, would you mind getting them for me before it rains? signed Eremite the First. Everything is permanent and passing, over and above the undergrowth. Who's next to be beheaded cannot decapitate another. Life without Yum Yum is unbearable. When a married man loses his head, his mate is buried alive. This vermouth needs more angelica root. The automobile has become the natural predator of night animals. 15
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] The refrigerator starts to fucking hum. The singing East Bay and beyond. I saved you from enlightenment and you saved me from lesbianism. When I say me it's a figure of speech. Just another poet AGOG for foam. Look at all those f-stops up there. Eventually everything becomes all stars. Are you who they call Poochie? Chihuahua! We . . . . . are . . . . . dead . . . . . men. Build a closet and get a grip on life, and don't forget to kiss goodnight. The only thing like the ocean is early morning light. Take a big, sulking bruiser like yourself, and teach him to make love. The boys we mean are not inclined. Find yourself an affinity group or better yet an assault group and dig the query. If poems could kill, alot of people would die. On March 22 don't miss the POET'S DINNER at prestigious Spenger's, not forgetting to scratch your forehead where it accomplishes its merger with your temple and you'll think of more. Going to Granny's. Nothing changes but the weather. Immediately arresting are all gorgeous slow movements. Coming around the mountain accompanied by infibulation, the lips are trembling but the eyes are mad. In this country one must be quick to rim and slick to laugh, despite the multi-nationals. At least in Korea they have their head man do it at a dinner party. Cut these sentences and they have little Caesars. Not inclined. NOME by any other name would be very different. And so it is with me -- filament and sabotage. The text this morning don't hallelujah but it's ready to commit treason without fail. I have a radio phonograph and plan to have more. The Smart Money hits the canvas as the yokel says his piece. Good news for pregnant smokers. Like as not you gotta AIR your QUIPS. They laugh but they moans too and what is it to you to do, strangely satisfying? There should be nothing but a continual prologue to liberty. Theorize that you're listening and it's a state, instead of taking the job wrapping or calling for the casino. The night is pricking on plain juice. Consumption and reply. Getting off in a vicarious vein. Basketball drivel. Dependent tunic. Thinking in screams. You have dript blood in the dictionary. Now get some TISSUE. You have spilt ink on the carpet. Go poison a squirrel and rip up all your books. For God's sake batter swing. Throw the stranger in the third row out. 16
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] Jackson didn't like to be doing stuff with coffee, he would throw it down. Happiness was nothing more than the escape from Greek. Pick a life and live it. I think I'll go down to the iron works and order some chains. Shreveport and shriveltechnics. I inhabit the language the world heaps upon me. Branch water on the rocks. Papa's baby rows across the great Salt Lake of suicide in her black lipstick, one stroke ahead of the DELUGE, wearing a verb. Far from the rampant scalper's early tickets you could shut a beaver up in a bedroom, and it would immediately start building its dam. It may be fun but only as long as you can stand it, with a quartet of amigos. It is crazy to get out of bed without a mission, but never has there been witness to a burnoose berserker than yours. Our life is typical of the social conditions under which literature occurs in spite of its no longer commanding high political reward. Why should a dog a rat? Why should an assassin a despot? Why should Iran Iraq? The simple, uncomplicated life is over and painfully you are born repeatedly with layers of self-consciousness which you must simply ignore. The working poet takes a can of V8 juice out of his pail, and smiles at the man next to him. It would be difficult to determine just what would be the right moment to cease to be Hart Crane. The evacuee and the chiasma. It was dark but they could be seen to be riding down on us hard, night's plain pricks. Fucked in the head by the pigtail, I sense and dive and rumble under the dogwood. I fire and strike the leg of the leader. For shit for sure. When your face gets pasted and you can't find your way home. While it may never be more than a matter of semantics, the negative side of the coin gets more publicity than heads. LIMPID EMPEDOCLES Implicit nix. We needle to amuse. Eyes spelt yes. Alps on the moon. I'll just sit quietly in my chair and admire you, avoiding the temptation of nympholepsy. You speak to me in Sign language and I'm buying it. I have cultivated this mild hysteria for fear of ecstasy. I came by to kill you but you weren't home. Der Deutscher hist fucked. Cremated into the handful that was you indeed. Epistemology and fatigue. Anton von Worms certainly lives up to his name in the St. Gereon Altarpiece. 17
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] It has become necessary to don dirtiness in order to describe it. I've never known a more insightful headache remedy. Slip out into the city and add your ochre to its already cochineal. Just smoke the facts, whatever your reel to reel needs and ask how many citizens know that salt has sugar in it. Take looks and be quotidian, and realize that history doesn't trap but releases you. Calculate your work in terms of hunger. Excuse yourself from your duty to advise the young, so as to continue to figure it yourself. In having to look after the imprisoned, people tend to become criminals themselves. Andrea Schiavone's MARRIAGE OF CUPID AND PSYCHE makes you want to get out of analysis and make a night of it. Snap your fingers and be transformed. Nothing should ever be done that does not deserve infinite repetition, for that is what it will get. This is what history is about, when it is not making you rich. Why be subtle and false? The future is poison and we are caught kissing the cup. Now or never is the time for verses. I'm ready for the gig, but I don't know about the spot. Personally I have a distaste for miscellany and am absolutely programmed against Personism per se. It is the attitude of the spine to develop into an opinion, leading to your malady. Laughter is the reverse of aspiration. Beards are good for eating women. The sun is captivated by the dew's beauty, and longs to view it more closely. It is best not to identify too strongly with your troubles. There are some poets who in a snowy field should be silent. Nothing so dry as DROPSY, but thinking makes it so. They left Keats' name off his book so it would sell better. Ordinarily you'd have to be a genius to do what he did, but he simply thrust his pick in the ground and the fossils came tumbling out. Masturbating he thought, if only I could satisfy my hunger so easily. The father of the country was a six four man with a weak voice and slow mind, which made it inconvenient for him to move fast, so he stayed. I think I'll just call in tired today and not make the scene at the tryouts for a bird in flight. The lianas are turning over their sunny whispers. Impossible to embark on anything and not flirt with going overboard. 18
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] Cooking carrots and onions for dinner cannot satisfy sweet teeth. Lachrymose vinaigrette. Victorious dyslexia. He laughed just because it was not allowed. It occured to him to refuse to open tin cans for cats for instance. Do not give up desiring what your cat has, understanding that not getting it is a reward also, as the philosophic frame it will lend automatically to your consciousness will be invaluable in reckoning hum and worth. Rimbaud got his leg cut off before he died, but Verlaine had published his posthumous verse even before that. Early piss-elegant imitations of Wallace Stevens. At the foot of the jetty, an Argentine chair. O claquepatin, O mantra, O pie alamode, are you who they call Poochie? Mayakovsky mistook the EAST RIVER for the Hudson and missed meeting Lorca in New York, the black dog trotting down the street holding an eraser in its mouth. A woman is ironing, lending an ear to a would-be suitor. Waking, it was noon. In reality she is in love with the jailer's assistant. It is the destiny of the lover to be rejected, of the spouse to be indispensible. Your mother is glad to wash your sheets, if ultimately she is no good for you. If you are a mother you can do anything you please, and it too will be a mother. No wonder kids sleep at mid day. They dream more, so they can be ready. A grown man, he opened the can of Chicken Of The Sea and tucked a pinch of TUNA in his cheek. Men don't love women, though they try. Quotation marks are question marks when talk still counts, as in a Forties movie. Which is the past participle of lust, lair or lore? These musicians have such a developed sense of rest and false starts that their music resembles nothing sometimes so much as it does a fitful sleep. You have a new ribbon and some free time, what do you want to refer to something for? when you could be practising the virtuoso stunt of never saying anything. All of you who are ugly turn your radio off for a minute please. How do you like your CUISINART? The second step in pure creation is to become ecstatic when eternity uncovers itself. The first is to make a place for it. My washing machine said "Guggenheim," because it freed me to be a writer, its dark veins bruise blue. The passing boy looks at the Bacon on the wall and says YUCH. I admire your body and you begin to scream. Really ridiculous to be a writer, when your basic gift is speech. At the grave of Peter Stuyvesant, 19
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] the rookie with the printing press is reading the tape recorder. Glamors and Blue Chips sharing honors and scoring their solid advance. Don't you tuck me in without my unwilfulness! Who wrote the Ode toDelphine? Oh him. No shoes, no shirt. Your neck is tight, but you're incredibly receptive. I wear CUFFLINKS because I am an ecology freak. I may be perverted, but I'm not insatiable. You mean you like women with toothpicks too? For luxury see Pisanello. Everybody tends to look alike up close. The sack calls me to horizon. Many more anniversaries of natal day. Loathsome narrative. Insignificant event. Expedient idea. A TUB is of course liable to cheese, but athletics is not my game. Do you wear hats or just otherwise make use of them? On paper at least we can believe in immortality. Bella Abzug is not ague proof. Sooner or later you know you're going to have to sell somebody. The artfulness that allows the living to die and the dead to live. That ain't art, it's morphine. An indescribable feeling to boot. Diffusion can be complex and lead to disintegration or it can a way of life be, even a joy, staring into the lake of all former reflection. The leaves are really rusting. What is the closest candy to school? Shut off art static. Passing so and so's loft, shout THROW DOWN ART MONEY! You honor me by asking me to leave a world to which you belong. You may not have swallowed the one about the dream, but you swallowed the one about the magazine. Better write than read. Give him head he'll prove a jade. Nugatory and jejune, pal. Stag leap dry creek. Minimal derail. Donative speech. The one to watch in the fourth is FICTIVE MUSIC. The state of Massachusetts will have enough troops to handle the future. A striking teacher is refusing to continue making faulty students, or less than a street cleaner. Unable to attack become more bird than flutist. A spoon of tahini and swig of kefir for the denatured teenager. Once a system goes unchecked into a larger system, subsequent attempts to check its original malady will bounce back as incredibly backward, as indeed they will be, on the journey to American history. Economics is a description of the point at which a society finds itself 20
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] between birth and destruction. Too much blame is laid on Arabs. Good evening. Bankers think the recession won't be quite so bad. It is possible for a woman to touch a man on the job mainly near the foothills, but the lobbyist buttonholes them before they get to the REVOLVING DOOR of public service. Are you a name artist? or just otherwise another writer whose main idea of what to do in life is become famous. Better never to remember or to learn. One's experience is hardly ever with one. O one hundred hours. PERSONALITY is the persistence of others' sense of you, taking you for something you are not, but in their minds there you are. I am here to deal with English, not to be a mate in taxis. Still testing your generation on the Drano? Brian Eno simply isn't Not Vitбl. Bridget Bardot gets to utter the piиce de rйsistance of all French cinema: J'ai peur, and it's before Godard. Now I call that DARN innersting. Warts are wonderful structures, which can appear overnight on any part of skin, like mushrooms on a damp lawn, full grown and splendid in the complexity of their particular cancer. Information rafts through the air. An at bat. SOAPY NUTS. Just another extemely kissy baby destined to be one more hardon scraping by. If you don't jelly up the ring, heaven will know your kind. Is this thing on? Am I coming across some Monongahela or other? Derail this choo choo at your own risk. We are forming a new society of campanology. House painters climb into the sky to make their bucks, what's your excuse? In the year of the dead beats prepare to make apologies for a bad mistake. Step over the threshold and rake what you have mown, but don't ever agree with anyone to waste their time by asking for it. It's ALL happening. Writing and police records were devised at once. Rome was not built in a day, but they're working on it. What'll it be, Harold in Italy or Maggot Brain? Inspiration is a conspiracy. You'll be looking at the moon, but you'll be seeing Mussolini. Though recall the opera director is the number three man in Austria. Let's knock the other argonauts up too. To fornicate, the artist stops working. I can just see myself, sitting on a horse for the next century. I challenge you to a book. Absence is just another form, an echo on schedule, a SYNECDOCHE. So, to speak you walk out of your slippers and into my soliloquy. 21
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] Restate the whole culture. We now know what it's like to be without a habitat. If the alternative were bombing, there'd be no problem. Let's go out for some dumb song later on. Isn't this behavior as telling as another? Take a mild guess. He'll've not eaten. This is no skill, it's a scratch-- like a history, like a legend, like a Sol LeWitt. Tatum was trying to break Stingley's neck but he didn't expect to. Fay Wray being taken by that nice ape. It gets the fauvist rave. It's so hard to be an eager young person, so deadly to be regretful. Doesn't it occur to you that some day not far off both of us will no longer be living? The plan is the body thanks alot. A human carcass is no better than a chicken. This heroine is addictive and I know whereof I speak. Bland white night bidet, without the need and softening of what is. The spiritual substance that is you, body, refusing forever the wishfulness of the visible. CALLED only because you left your feet. He types on his machine the brain of life. I am in a French church. It is a wedding. I must stand up. To please my friend better I will put on this pretty hat. Amputate the freckled bosom and make me bearded like a man. Choleric, phlegm, and funny bone. Ordinary intercourse. Cuisinarts galore. If you don't buy this urinal, I'll shoot this dog. And then what? The fucking redeemer leaves. Winds right wrong. Life is a waste of money. In the NAIROBI STEREOPHONIC DINER. I am not a sonnet, you are not a sea urchin, and this is not a poetry contest, comrade. No use being total while still growing. We live by chants and cannot wait to go down. After dark our motto is never pee in the toilet; our vow, never to forget the track India left on the ocean floor when it moved away. The plan is not to be noticed when playing, but to be missed when not. We are NOT EXCITED to be a friend of Voznesensky. He kisses us anyway. And so an inexplicable feeling of sadness overcame me at the xerox machine today. All the people in their pants, with the LOOPS but not the hammer. The great American artist yet to emerge will emerge too late. 22
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] Unfair attitude. Out of paint, light. Out of words, a music. How much does your drawing weigh? Give it some color they will call by your name. It was to be one, and so we make do with MORE. A genius tale which missed the door and must go round again. Davy Tough is a protector, caved in and vexed, but in a sky which lasts. Tired of staying home, go away. In sight of land, shore leave. The art of geese, perfectly realized in the city. The art of being perfectly stuck with yourself. I'm prepared and accustomed, in a room that is quiet for no one who listens. If it weren't for you I wouldn't be here, though it is a beard of uncertain returns. Singing, the hummingbird is clicking on an airy straw, percussively. Anyway call and tell me all the little newses. 23
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] PLANE DEBRIS Who will believe my VERSE in time to come LIES in the spine which it entombs. Your ACCENT is something finer than you could purchase in so removed a dwelling. I have been told so of many... I have heard many lectures. My mind to me mangles iron. An error is mirror to the truth than any statement claiming to be true. I saw a tree and the idea arose from memory that it was a mango tree. The past is made of brain cells. We wouldn't have time if we didn't think about it. Thought creates matter that nature didn't think to. How incredibly perceptive that women have decided to paint themselves in every age. Measurement means distance, and is political. They fight fire for instance, but though they burn they do not fight themselves. One of the Bauhaus lovelies on the staff of WET can do the awesome graphic. My name will be Money, but you can call me Change. Antiphilus, Antipater, do not let the prick think. Her Harry thinks she is too much. I am exactly as old as you ART. Wonder in and spy the pond. Truth is, most state of the art is actually edge of the park. Out one ear and in the other. Hearing lists on an off day. Woods wave leaves. The town signs. Here the papyrus begins to tatter. The rest is loss. Still be kind and eke out the performance with your mind. If you have to cough, cough. You think you know everything, but you only know half of it. You must reveal your self, your time, and the structural development of art up till now. Let us match our racquets to their balls. Upon a filet balance a model to propose a spread. Just the right hint of everything, pushed through a sieve. The logic of any gross natural array. We live in bags, presented and ready to be taxed, feeling the necessity of blocking the choreography behind any massive confusion. The imagination wells -- first one tip, spin off, then sea mist, drifting and swell, spindrift. The repetitive structures of the intellect at attention. Spit shined rhyme. Saluted rhetoric. 24
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] By now you look ready to stick your thumb in a dyke and become a heroine. Spread your TEETH and lift your nostrils ups, flying with your bike in your arms. National guardsmen are throwing up all over, and so we enter the blow-torch world. Like history, a man is a lesson. As soon as you learn it, no need for class. This doesn't mean that you leave the world that imagines them. Dying with the tide turning, bustle courage up. Trade fame for sustenance and safety, to be halted in a familiar path, guarded by babies and old women. Derivation and other particulars, affably used. The nose as wet as a pen, cold as stone. Still crying out for company and the sack. It is the same for us all, so God bless you. The lesson in ENGLISH is really a lesson in French. Let me entreat your succor. If you are dead, I'll slumber. If there is breath, I'll mark the glass. The dull ear is dumber than night. If the enemy is an ass, speak lower. I love the lovely bully. We know enough if we know we are subjects. Everything waits for you, for which I am grateful. And confusion is mineral. Achieve me and you can sell my bones. Base weed -- my horse is my mistress and gives me a bad back, at the tip of the pouring dark. You see how queer it is. You see one big dipper. You see them all. On Thursday we have all the best acts from Wednesday. Take off them schoolboy glasses. I must be surrounded by great art, or thrive. I'll be the one in the c-cup by the door. Break my mind to me in broken English. It contents me. If you want to be a woman, or a man, be sure and always keep a can of evaporated funk on hand. In little rooms the tongues of people light. Mock me intelligently if you know the half of it. I cannot tell what is like me. After all, I speak your tongue and you mine. Nice customs. Great curtsy. Besotted traveller..., if I might BUFFET for a moment, does peace nurse arts? Put it in writing and send me a copy. A shale, pale English shore, more sure than France. I expose myself to language. It makes a goal. I am open mouthed. It arrests me. The crowd roars. They long to eat English. 25
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] The sign at school said "Get Smart With Me." The bugle by a dead corporal. The gag order. Autumn in diapers. The dew on the asleep wino's beard. A map of the clouds for John Cage. Up parasol! Devil de ville and hold the host. Dimly imagine me sunny, and I appear, trailing oompapas for your juvenescence. There is no other tourniquet. A popinjay is better than a teaser. Type own power. Beautiful TAWNY crystals of vouchsafe night. An eskimo in shades. A meerschaum for this scenery. An aborigine with a Camel. He is on to her. He puts her on. She could care less. Translate saxophone sex. I'm not sorry I saw that, but I am I thought about it. Well met hiccup. A lakelet by a foothill. Dial-A-Phone. 911. Outside chance. It was in short the servant of Venus. She wanted to fuck him in the phaeton, but he said nothing of the kind. His methadone had no technique, but nevertheless it did the trick. On a stick on my grave put a life jacket, or Joe's, or some asbestos gloves, against the storm to come. Make spirits rise. Bells on bobtail ring. Art Pepper's ventral hernia is strapped up so he can play. I'd kick you, if I didn't think you'd enjoy it. Frau Crocodile happens to be the air-raid warden. And I'm not made of SOAP. I love my wife, but I need all of her. Iodine 129 accumulating in the thyroid. When you're dreaming lucky baby, you wake up cold in hand. Life in this family is one subpoena after another. The annoyance of another speed bump. Has the chamber been laid in this week? Oral jelly. A gondolier or a matador, I don't care which. Just make sure, laughing. Do not dive under the boat or sail. Get up before dawn and want park. The only place you can still hear Mass in Latin is Peking. So listen we could use some sheets out here in the mountains. In other scandals about Washington Mr. Bush says he is clean clean clean. Now that James Wright is dead, I have to keep the BELLAIRE-MARTINS FERRY axis alive. If it's not any good, I don't want to find out till later. 26
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] Don't you ever cakewalk into town, or will you be agreeable to blanketing the globe with phones? Venom reduces quality. Certainly. She was living proof that a woman could be both sharp and a cookie. Hitch up the PEONIES. Felons and thugs don't fall from trees. They make tools of them, and live there. They spit on the burghers below. Let them eat phlegm. The grooves are in the metal mother and this is the best way to reissue. It's logical that as property goes sky high, cars should get closer to the ground. The FBI seizes Iran's de Koonings. The fat Burns guard is reading FATE on the 14 Mission. The Pancho Villa Oil Company. SKY RAINS PLANE DEBRIS. If I am to be killed by a piece of falling wing, or drenched in jettison, I'm game. Who could skip town? I can't move to the country or settle down. I need the material. The only accurate way to view the people is on the bus. Nice to go to work and get off, on the corner. A figure of speech took the writing down, careful not to tear the tissue. In love it could be anyone. It could be anyone, in love. Earthquake glass with instant replay. Aubade. Aubade. Brotherhood of the sea. The magazine language of the magazine L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E. Input for the haiku. movement. No restrictions, but only quality work. No sex, violence, or far out poems. It is a formal argument, far from the tactics I mean currently to employ. In a way not useful to either of us. Note this kid. In a dither or on a dime writing writing. Jogs, cotillions, reels, and breakdowns. Carefree is the official tampon of the U.S. Olympic team. I heard that. Can you believe the Jehovah Witness came behind my house to find me? It's not all that religious to be a woman. The alternatively lyrical and agitated character of the piece. I'm Stephen. Matthew. David. You name it. We got it. Fвchй avec la lune. Lectures. Recitals. The popularity of the work is undoubtedly due to its romantic tone and appealing themes, rather than the level of skill evidenced in the construction, which is academic, lacking the remarkable concision and mastery of form typical of his earlier work. Have Larry play a SOLO. Bob can read a poem. But, of course. A little art can solve a lot of problems and usually does. Gee, do you think that's what Mayakovsky meant by a cloud in trousers? 27
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] Imagine the most exciting fly cruise of the century and then go ahead and buy it. The name is a night on bold eavesdrop. An artist chooses within the objective world according to his own subject, and is free to bend, break, or alter any line that passes before her eye. There is a tension that exists between depth and surface, which is expressive. Torture the canvas until it gives up; you taught me to wash my SPONGES. Now we're with all, Diamanda comes out of the piano onto eager emotional turf. So it's time to blow the gutteral and aggravate the menacing again. Is and when he comes to the door to get some more cologne he is just like a pane of glass Frank O'Hara's longest line? At any rate, a very palpable hat has at you. Let's go see, what this is all about, our sometime listener, now our scene. Psycho was cuckoo, but did anyone blame Alfred Hitchcock? Why didn't they picket all those films butchering womanhood? It's chauvinist conscience and bears the relation to political protest that cruising does to longing. You know people are looking for a vehicle. You know TV is the inherently lousy medium. Ira Gershwin's lyrics for I Can't Believe My Eyes. A person who has lost contact with the purpose of their act. The pain's to blame. There seem to be rules demanding that women sacrifice themselves, when they are the core of the M-19 movement, and stand by ARMED and amorous. Build a wall around the self and don't go in. On Sundays, happy on the bus and at the flea market, spend a little. At least one of us was supposed to be a doctor, or marry one. Something happened. Jealousy is not the fear of losing, but of dividing. An imperialist passion. The first night his dinghy made port Dr. Demento was speaking of recreational community nudity. He ate the loaf of bread, after school. The way they often treat each other over men has never inspired my admiration. Aztec beefcake. Joy Luck. Some trees. As it were, worried. Look at Hope still raking in the bucks, when he could be shovelling the snow. The dopey effect of the third person. Mallarmй's alarm. Verlaine's revolver. It would be good both going and boing boing. Nobody's going to be famous anymore, except the infamous. Great but unspoke. With these here duly assembled there are resemblances. Splendidly bogus training. Chair repair. Van modification. It was in the book, so to speak. Lists keep track. Bкte chance. 28
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] One way to write one way is to substitute a period for every comma. Many of the ROWS are exact retrogrades of earlier rows, bright and hot and mean and gigantically tiny. People will talk. People will say we're in love. Rewrite the last chapter of November, for it is too dim witted and autumnal. I remember well the well where was the water. Black Mountain Springs. No way to saw sawdust, but with a brush. In Flagstaff on tremendous Saturday, pears are served. Stop thinking at the first ellipsis. Everlasting red in the names of mountains. In the last of the great stations, the sterilizer in the john. As long as the family can stand it. You kids, are the numbers getting smaller or bigger? If you don't shut up, I'll turn the light off. It was a random trip. Nothing was biting. A bit was tandem. The UNIVERSE is swallowing us. We're in the observation car. The train is following. We're far away. I see the ocean. It's waving. This is our train. The surf is facing up. They're making a house. Still, the engine comes. They own the lobby. But they can't pick up the tab. We've got the writing. He put his fingers in her coffee and so became a galley slave. Think how many countless plants die a day. Think of the sea as the place where the land is inflated from. The mirror is made and then will fade. As from the bag we ET. This is where I get off. Give me life or give me a transfer, tonight. What you must confuse in your career is direct onslaught and continual retirement. Scotch, the harried vote. How think anything else of a person who laughs alot? The transcendental mental patient, with train tracks at the mouth. Selected because we heard from passengers. The insufficient illusion of being present, tense. Hence, oblique sentences to teach the deaf. A valet of poetry of only palpable intent. Who cut the lines with a razor. Ma milk can kill you. Trying to establish hisself as a individual. Omit to eat at tea time. No cheese in the hilt. Turkey for the hostages. Thinking makes it. You ask so? But you are wrong. 29
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] From the benches of a turned cloud somebody's bosom says go. Sunup, sunset, nothing other. Yet in the night, all over again. The bone is back. The period ended. The lower jaw leaves first. The only thing comparable to words is flesh. It emits them, surrounds them, and into your head you pour the spirits, turning grey. Regretting getting older mistakes the soul of the thing. Hit me, darling. I'd rather be taken in a fit of hiccups. Acres of scallions above the fruit. We think of Ladysmith in the snow. Morris' CODE. A mandate without stickum. A soldier without a WAC. Ouch. I think I'll put that in the Mobile Home News. Weave not, wanton. The green horn running the red light goes to traffic school at night. This is the modern auto. There is the turf, obtuse and scalene. Give my regards to the mess. It's cake complicated, don't you drink? Oh fuck off, drip. Why don't you dig a hole in your back yard and stick some wheat in it. Who could know the kielbasa did not extend to the end of the bun? His sentence came and got him. He ate it. It was in the bag. Reeling through each other's hedges, seeking a runner on a split trip. Stetson mounts substitute for daughter. Daily toils. Ersatz doilies. Abalone salad at the station. Dallas in Alabama. paper money only as good as the latest reigning ERROR. A sweathog with shaved underarms. The baby's snot is "caked" on its face. Running down, its yellow rheum. Everything is up to date in Kansas City. How stressed is your tale? Either way one of the gay sisters. Note this. In a scale of one to ten he was a cat with no life left. But her bed dictated apartheid. Drinks alcohol. Courts sentencing. Deft in the hallway and daft on the porch. Now, would killer wolves aid Alaska moose more? Old Tolstoy's yellow weather. The maintains its prowess, like Joliet, as it wore a complete sentence. And ore keeps getting away from you, so you exercise the abandoned mind. I don't know otherwise why you would want to get down, in an armored chair. A beaver with a hardon. Think Print. The mind's flaccid pitcher. Ink Friendship. The salvos of P.E.N. members. Promise us you won't be promiscuous, semi-gloss demimonde. Her knees smiled up at me under their a . . . HEM. 30
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] Punctuation is only mortal. Okay to exclaim a few times before expiring. Love to fuck in t-shirts. Jack the Ripper's veil of tears. One t loves another. Serial acid. Weed made his paranoia paranoid. What I need is a benny. Genteel mothballs. New shingles for the academy cottage. Spinach in a white sauce. Onion tears on's cheek. On the other HAND he's not going to hurt anyone, though he does own a pea shooter. They're both potheads from number go. Rigor mortis bars barrettes. More pork barrel back scratch in house his 'n her programming. Lice in her blouse. A clasp or bar for holding a woman's hair in place. It was all up in the air. Too scared to come. Frightened of leaving. A couple of good lines about what she's been doing as a PROOF reader. Meanwhile, back on earth, the bookstore owner, friend of poetry and of libraries. So lying forward weakly on the handrail, I had to own sometimes I could see nothing but lilacs and endless rock. Bless those who croak for Croatian independence. I'm going out riding on the ocean. Without war there would never be draft. This was a hard blow to swallow, but it kept the ship AIRBORNE, and besides the fucker was strong. That cat embarking up the wrong tree. A yoyo situation but still a horse race. Poinulus treinuloides, shaking as pens. Penny's lulu birdland out of town. The hitch. The turd will disappear, the tissue will not. Oars. Ours. Hutch. Sobek. Leave not a match behind. And I'll not ask for chapstick. These were the notations from tableland. Did you give her the incentive yet? We just aren't interested in another human interest story, so get up there in front of that BACKDROP. This is the age in which you set yourself the task of learning to rebuild the car you feel the necessity not to drive. A kitchen is fluff. A blanket is frosting. And so, the night is over again. There's a new dyke in town. The ring the bride wears in the tub to avoid being nothing more than just another person who loves it. A hopeless parody of shit. That brother over there wearin' a nice pair. Piсa colada hatred. A scabies spot. Bankrupt Liquors. Able neither to hold on nor to let go. All other fish SOURCES inaccessible, till somebody slays what was coming along just anyway. One SATURATION job (it might take how long?) and you're in forever. 31
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] A, in fact, it's gas. The goal. A hunk with a horn. As he throws his wrap on the floor, loaded, William Carlos Williams like his great predecessor Whitman includes all human qualities with the addition of one, and that is nastiness; by virtue of its almost total absence in Whitman's work there follows an actual fault therein present: too much enthusiasm. Sometimes frank, but it's amusing. "Tall buildings." "Small change." Thy will be done. Easter is good to travellers, so there. Blah, blah, blah. The spine is sewn. The most expensive part of any new construction is the plumbing. We portage anyway. (Canoes.) The only toilet paper is your own. We're the 84 Rooms. You can't afford it. You can't offend it. The city ablaze with combinations of the L shaped world. It's the same thing every day. No program but a skiagraph: a SKOGRAM. Beyond the lines of the here, to, for. Liszt kept track. The queer swallows come to Capistrano and back. I'll say. You sent me. Pigpen. Deciduous grown. We'll say anything, so everything is said. The body made it up. The mind behind. Something happens. Somebody is supposed to doctor, playing on the wagon. Smoke aside, verbs ate him. Yeats' Hoolihan, beating her breast again. I am that blood spattered brain what AIMS. Do you like any of the other candidates? My word man. Return Puerto Rico to the Indians. Is that nugget loaded? Tiny periods of infant aporea. Like as not. Where between your shop and your digestion lies your heart? Some shit is some times edible, depending on your family. We have no art. We'll sell anything, complete with Slavonic feelings. So I'm at the Gift Wrap counter of the La Jolla Sears to buy a World Airways ticket and the clerk picks up the phone and says, "Water heaters." Long before the poem, I knew I was a poet. Riding up 7 to Wheeling in the car. You don't play gambling, you've got a game in your belly. Three quarters of the time most people don't show up. Turn it down. Time is the tempest. We've been through this a hundred times before. Four storey winds. All the things that will not CHANGE. And when you woke, you cried to dream again. Miserable food, all you do is prolong flight. And dying, the old draw life from a cigarette. SAP CHECK. Yourself the foe. Till husbands. Adore the son. The baby perceived the bees as eating the flowers. 32
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] And so they were. The body is the frame. The machine is connected to the mouth by a pin. By night the mind, by day the limbs. ROOF to ruinate. Acceptable audit. And then a last call from Loco Grande, the alcoholic gardener of the house: you were good to me, although it was a mirage. We all await an idiot's judgment. You can't afford to wait. You can't afford not to wait. Penelope is the journey she had to offer. If you had any sense you would treat everything as though it were a thread. The jingoists are going to have to learn the hardest ways. Rain is the sister of decay. I despise your interminable versified troubles. I reject everything popular. Let me hip you to the SEAMS. My bicycle put me here. That's where the English is, asking how Spanish Spain could be now. He was just about the only decent conventional poet around, as far as he could see. He knew when a man signed on to be President, behind that dollar was the end. The artist's eternal chinos; the fuchsia in the whiffle ball; Sam Francisco; the Mom and Pop arab grocery in the Mission; the northernmost doorperson on the upper east side. And with love you boxed, for it was the loosener of limbs. May we stop this senseless REDNESS? My clouds are tainted but lovingly puffed, and I daresay Denver is lonesome, for her heroes. So Anthony says bye to Alexandria, and we are swiftly inside, the resurrection accomplished again. Let me at some other date show you what it is. Your reputation rises when you die. Want to see me make a circle with a Y in it? Take care. It is very clumsy. Don't dribble on the court like an old man. Fish TIPPLE in the deep. You get thin. I knew you as a chubby fucker, isolated from the avant garde, making your way back to pictographs. I think of Tom as a clear-cut example of himself and it doesn't confuse me. I try to come to that realization about everything. Don't get carried away in your craft. Take the elevator. You have to get into it. Some cats be walkin' on a path of jam. A gigolo on the go, demanding it in his FLYING BOA. So Sunday night is always a problem. If you have to think of doctors, inventors, and social reformers, think of Joseph Ignace Guillotin. A considerable part of his business was the resort trade. Now, I would like to know about the purple shield cash funeral plan and receive my free thermometer. The devastation will make this area a tourist attraction big as Grand Canyon. You still hang out. It is very chummy. The bathroom smells like a nursery. 33
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] How you roar in that room. How you yawn. Couple more hours and this place be just like Chicago. He breathe on something and it turn rosй. So wear furry boots and stand in the corner of the yard. Next time we'll paint the town red. No green or they'll think it's a landscape. We all know this to be a banquet of knowledge to begin with, protected by bulkheads. And I wanted to be an accepted fucking MASON. The trouble with any moral ambition in a writer is that the truth is so demoralizing, one is lucky to survive telling it at all. White liquidates milk. What's a highsmith? clam dregs and vodka. My body lies over the ocean. Not to display emotion in the face of extinction is mentally unbalanced. The wine marketeer dies red. My belly trembles like leaves, blowing into Paris. A long wandering in the orient is what one deserves in later life. The only happiness is to be shut up in art. The only casualty, not escaping insufferable events. The night is soft and warm, if you can live with a head up your sleeve. I want to cause you nothing but insight and pleasure. You must excuse me. I have to go and do my reed work. 34
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] PLASTIC SUTURES As the sluice pours forth its granular flayings a new cloud rises and interplanetary driftings become simply initiatory gifts like the circumcision of a black horse. I yield up my lover to the reveries, completely, until he is taken away by the demons who then deliver their BOLTS from afar like drunken Magi. I have Only my intermittent life in your thoughts to live Which is like thinking in another language. Everything Depends on whether somebody reminds you of me. . . It's not the incomplete importunes, but the spookiness Of the finished product . . . since ALL By definition is completeness. The modern battlefield is dense with signals. Most of them will be decoys to fool the other side. But we are trying to harden our true signals. We call this ERADCOM, feeling fat, keeping warm, paying our debt to the Tartars. We live here and we have absolutely no feeling of nationalism, and once we were so susceptible we could have been parted by the wind. There is nothing to mount but the bluff. I dreamt there was this shit house, with big tubs where the shit was. Above these were roasts being cured. You dig the density of material thought. Without material no one can be said to have a lead at all, and the world is a giant simultaneous performance of numerous unfamiliar, but fucking, actions. Count them. We are united in art as others are united in faith, in crime, in alcohol, in political ambition. Editors change Paris. There are many artists without much art. What we want is poetry without poets. So the reason I forget names is the moment you remember them you are no longer in touch with what is before you. What I am looking for in a reader is a certain amount of misunderstanding of what is happening. Hello, Mummy, you look lovely in there. I don't know who I am. The mung beans are a supple lifeline that puts my skin in jeopardy. Putting on my jeans doesn't mean I have to take off my fortune, does it? But if you want your seven bucks, we're going to have to go out to Venice and take Lewis off. Look, there has never been a new wave. Five minutes at any shore should satisfy the most doubtful idiot 35
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] on this point. The idea predates PARACELSUS, and is original shit. Death as the mother of beauty has decay reform what is degenerate into something new and perfectly great. You understand that true actual syntax is musical, but as formal as the stroke of a painter. We are all equally alive, therefore wrong. We create the world in a horizontal bed of light. The woman made paintings of dancers and paintings to be worn by dancers. She painted her CAR. Underneath her painting was a body, dancing to Michael Palmer. I'm on the brink of the edge of the razor. If you want to know what is happening, become a monthly member. The feeling part is almost over. Oh bad! oh bad! Little Jesus rock on lower Sproul. I spend all day in the library, while I am in the world. I am the manager, the bookkeeper, the bass player, the vocalist, the chauffeur, and the backer of this band. I went to see the Gang of Four at the American Indian Center, you know. That was the Bay of Pigs. These are the B People. The Byproducts of Berkeley go crazy, and all I can hold is the telephone. Hello you're on the air. I'm on the air and . . . the fucking tree has birds in its hair. Doesn't LAMINATED just feel like a lamb in the fields? "A mild game to divert the doorperson and we are swiftly inside." I haven't been getting much sleep. When I'm away from home, I'm in the library. When I'm home, I'm in the library. We make a world something like the brain and there is something in the brain that isn't right. Are the cherry seedlings safe from the rabbits? Or the Kerouac Dynasty's Rocky Mountain summer school? You know technique is always a means of arriving at a statement. If you look at a rock long enough, you become sub-rock. More of the slung leg motif. I knows what you means. If you've had a accident, marriage or divorce problem, need a will, or are just looking for a cerebral Robert Redford, this is the end of the curve. I care, about how long, the crack is. Everything is based on beer. And it's not sentimental, because when he's speaking of himself he's speaking of you and he is on a cloud. I didn't keep a notebook until I thought you could compose in your sleep. Fifty dollars worth of groceries in one bag, with one banana in it. It is difficult to be obsessed with phonemes. Commitment to form is often commitment to the status quo. It preserves class. Those interested in change 36
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] change the content. Here it dips. All we can safely say of the author is that we do not know who he was or where he lived or when he wrote. His excellence and influence are matters of more importance. The areas of loss are filled with GESSO and smoothed to conform to the surrounding paint, then varnished before inpainting can occur. I don't complain. Well, I complain all the time. But I can't complain. I come from a house of at least fifty birds, receiving disgraceful fortune cookie crumbles. B tells me I should have bought orange juice futures last year. Does he take me for an interloper? Filled with divine afflatus? Grandeur without intensity? A porker in tears. But not yet have I blown the noble strain, although it is his birthday. Not a single emotion but a whole congress, though the diction stamps danger in its FIGURE. Now it was evening, etc. Bell ringing was too often pretentious, for us to pretend it. The animal most of all who looked only at the dinner table was the cow. Tumors are evil things, whether in bodies or in books. And her napkins were marvels. Given the world, you should develop your faculty for stomaching. The most effective figure will be that which is undisclosed. He cut himself into strips until he made mincemeat of himself and disappeared. On the other hand speed is in season. When you have passed through the place you now are, you will board a ship and reach a great city. But it will not be Spring. I smell of what we drink that is a root. I see the stones along the fence of school. I taste the mess of which we put at lunch. I hear I am confused of it. Pencilmen eat more cuttlefish. If your lips ache, change your embouchure. Lady, your tennis shoes are glowing. The name of the work is DIE. It's hard to tell which heads are becoming and which are decaying. Some decay can be becoming, if you know what I means. A five minute EPOXY frisbee prosthesis. No music, but zinc and quince and gore. You walk into a Soho gallery and you might see a pile of butter neatly sculpted in the corner. Three days later you go back and it has been spread around the gallery with a scythe. If it's not your house, it's your subway. Ghoul candies by Rodney Ripps. Radon daughter. The woman checking out her hickey in the reflection of Cartier's window. Nolde tried to be a Nazi, but they rejected him. Motherwell hangs his canvasses between his own Matisses, to see if they look okay. Nice work if you can get it. 37
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] Do you feel good about your body? The best way to understand cubist distortion of the human face, is to keep your eyes open when you're making it. Well, the fruit breeding tests are over. Now what? Let's have a quaalude orgy. Let's go AER LINGUS. Let's get sleepy and fuck. People want you to run into them. When you can't tell whether someone is gay or just well dressed, you know you're in a fancy part of town. If a man's pants fit well on the other hand, you know he's not interested in you. It ain't me, Bruce, it's the okra. He's a complete asshole I know, but he's on the board of the Carnegie Foundation and I don't want him sent a lawyer's letter Nobody makes salmon icing like Willem de Kooning. Who were the two disciples of Buddha The woodpeckers are mating and squabbling, seeing there is no need for security. And we are becoming degenerate, before we are mature. The racketeers have captured our gullible minds. Better to err on the side of generosity, than anal retention. In Rome I spent all my time watching Westerns in a moviehouse near the Vatican. My favorite dish was MOO GOO GAl PAN. We met everyday at the caviarteria. Sea robins. Think tanks. They all made large and self-important work out of a notion of trash. I realized when they got famous that my own work was a time bomb. Change edits Paris. But I love oranges and asses too much to ever rise more than a tower or two above them. I'm coming over someday unannounced for some of your evening primrose root soup. Having a distinct attraction to melancholy lyrics didn't prevent Grieg from pouring his richness across the Norwegian sky. I don't do it like that. I just bite it plain. It's getting so hairy I don't even have the nerve anymore to sneak onto the fucking train. Now, the squeegee for the shower door is in the Master bath, under the sink. If a beachhead of cooperation can push back a jungle of suspicion, you strive for the loose and casual look of the unemployed. Phoenician protection is a requirement. There weren't always imitation bacon bits, and as you know $7.95 is too much for paper back poetry. Are these "seeds aboil in CELLS of night?" Asphyxiated but not yet embalmed, they survive, drinking quinine and ipecac. Nothing so bad as ordinary sweet and sour sauce. And sperm was cheap, but this one had gap teeth and walked with a gimp. He walked through the valley of the shadow of death scared of nothing, except possibly an educated fingernail. They were terrible in their language. Flowers wilt and rose, and wouldn't you know, the Prince of Madagascar dropped his fly, saying I bathe that others may breathe. I don't care who makes me come. Jim Brodey takes a bath. 38
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] Cachoo. Cachooie! He was an omnivorous cat for all things editable. He entered the world with his mother's I.U.D. in his hand. Not just another cheap little version of the avatar starving. Too late to be late, but earlier than expected. Louis the Wideawake. Louis the Bruiser. It is a sobering thought to realize that even a dear friend can recoil from the mere act of your veriest presence. But you are ready, like a javelin. Love's GEYSER sprays the camping hordes with punctuality and its spermacidal tales of lithesome night. In short, tu in person. She went all gaga for your creased pants. The tumult rose, an airy crotch beside the deep, and we got sick. The travail of this condition only partly damns you, and having nothing else to do you depart. The going out is arduous, but you are hard and wet and there. There are of course cow pies, dust bunnies, road apples. Then, far from the rabid hawk and leanto, the dam you made floats movingly to sea, deep below the plains of southern France, like a goose at the first stop for grass. In a word, the first educated white person to have seen the Mississippi and could write. Listen, Hortense, forget it. If I am telling you something you should stop listening only because you are. Proceed without comparison. These are hard works. It's useless to examine what is still living. Salsipuedes. You don't know what you are missing. Get out of your car. John Coltrane started playing clarinet in school. Have you been to the Judy Chagall? Cy Twombly hits the big time just when the fashion world discovers twenty shades of beige. Agnes Martin wir lieben. Diebenkorn learnt it from Schwitters and Matisse, Katz from Porter and Avery. No one can ever be more than just another supreme idiot in the river. Anything else is just a delusion to encourage professionalism or commerce. It is a mistake to refer to artists by their first names, unless they are in the room. "Painters paint, they don't teach," he yelled, at the top of his voice. I like the frames better than the paintings. I wonder what the man is doing on the CAN this year. He puts titles on to prove he has a mind. The school of spaghetti. He couldn't come through a shower curtain. What we are after in art is cover -- intricacy and obsession all-over. For deep into death, blacks look red. A large flower in a woman's hair is a comparison. The first thing to do on the way to an artistic career is to learn how to make a frame up. Take an international airport and hang a begonia at the information desk. Say "for tortuga" to the clerk. Modesty and seriousness are such important lessons to learn 39
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] that sometimes it must appear you haven't learnt them. ЎMalcolm Morley! A woman with a mouth for a necklace and a scalpel for a bike, loving all that Afro-American art music we call jazz. LOCAL yokels, looking after the LEGENDS. How did they meet? She went to this orgy and saw his picture. He worked for the Whole Earth Truck Store and has a good body. It was cinchy and fun, in her eurythmic shoes. I got my moccies on. To bid the galley do. Her wheat, her wheat, her wheat! If it's not the radio, it's the record player. It's liberty, polemic, and the Housatonic at the B.P.O.E. You slow Charlie Parker down and it sounds like Lester Young. Novelists have to be paid more, because what they do isn't worth as much. If you'll come and see me and take my part, needless to say I'll love you, needlessly. The jewels are so that we may fuck. I'm not mad. I'm just mad at you. This country conned Minerva out of her spirit in 1781. The first American OPERA was written by a Declaration of Independence signee. Water evaporating from a continuous sea. Oblivious green mesa. Increase substance and make the eventuality inevitable. Tragedy is passion, but experience is comedic. If you don't cough up, we're going to etiolate the leaves. Bar None. A week's vacation on the Riviera is no longer more expensive than a night in the hospital. I think I caught one of those contiguity disorders going around. The French suck on chic uniformity. Marseilles was already settled in Sappho's time. Corinna taught Pindar a thing or two. The only good poem is the one that's read. The roommates in the ordinary language school. Bird's cancelled trip with Edgar Varиse. We consume more packaging than product. Don't you think Dishonoured is the great von Sternberg Dietrich vehicle, not Der Blaue Engel? The only man made thing visible from the moon is the Great Wall of China, and Mao was born on Christmas. And I'm probably the only person in the world to know exactly what that thing over there is. Want to go to some nursery and look at STRAIGHTJACKETS. The green alligator that you love was the world. Everyone is stuck with being themselves. A non-musician devotee of swing -- in short, a mammoth who has the cheek to call Robert Duncan a hoax to his eye. From the Vince Lombardi Service Area on the Jersey Pike at night, it's cars. The Nineties are coming, a humoresque, and all you have to do is hurry. Don't drink from the tap. You who were prepared by your founder to be a prisoner. A law is a way to delay an attack. "The kinda coon he wanna become exclude the kinda pickaninny she be." America already sacrificed its best 40
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] early poet to Napoleon. One touch of difference, racism. Great deal of difference, harmony. Kim Chi Ha. Dioxin in the swimming pool. Plutonium in the fridge. Before technology there were no accidents. Eskimos bathed in urine because of the temperature. The fetching innuendo of bamboo in the snow. Or my great great grandfather Onward and his nameless wife. She was a three speed with a bell and no kick stand. Mechanical American chainlink lunacy in the corridor. Impervious Artaud-like obsession on the bench. For my part I want either a reconstituted tongue or received knowledge. Could Berg's First Piano Sonata be the most impressive Opus 1 ever created? Every phrase seems predestined in Bing Crosby's Let's Fall In Love. Isn't Harold Alden's When We Were Young better than any of Beethoven's vocals? The eyebrows will never forgive us. I don't care, so long as I can arrive at some neck of the woods in the nick of time. Everyone knows M and N are the only letters that should make your nose vibrate. We met on a retreat. Suckling and Lovelace were his favorite poets. You could see for yourself the spent purpose of a perfectly bent penis. I was the tape when he won the race. Oh well, if you ever need a chair, it's on the plaza. We are our ancestors, and we are our unborn. One could do worse than sit down and observe what is passing. Ordinary human love can RUIN a being for the experience of real love. This is best accomplished from a bench. You come to realize that love without shakti is mush. Besides, it's hard to forget someone when there's always a picture around somewhere. The ease of the ocean when it reaches the shore is lost on such people. In Hawaii the flowers are so beautiful it almost eases the pain of what has been done there. Father's Day, or Bloomsday. Just so it leads to another jacquerie. John Trudell's family, born on Alcatraz, was later burned to death by this country's bureau of investigation. I love the way people I love devise to keep going. But cancel my subscription to the tricentennial. No revolution gets two bills. Investigate the disservice matches do to our interest in fire. Subterfuge may be the respectable technique. The weak write strong music. ART likes deformity. Cf. Percy Grainger's defense of flagellation. I prefer whole cloth to most coherently contrived intention, which stakes its claim to the bowels of the earth. I am an archaeologist in the archive of everything now. You are moving toward a box or a flame -- to be shoved downward or go out. There is nothing to own but up. If you are not here, why don't you leave? Go germinate your own crop. 41
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] There are less flowers in the world than there used to be. This is measurable by the size of the world honey crop. If bees be less, then so are we. With the eyes of a saint and the perceptions of a ghost, we have galoshes up to our eyebrows. Is it time now to consider the music of Mongo Santamaria? I wish I were one with my poem. No one knew if it was any good. Because he read it so well no one could tell. He was trying to impress his friends, the men. How can anyone who goes have nothing to say? Let's BOOK. Yet how tentatively people enter a new restaurant for the first time, blinded by the stress and losing the immunity of yesteryear. It was snowing, a Maine-eating seaboard. Active ingredient pure talc. Paris edits change. Could SEMEN be considered a Dairy Product? It was to be his On A Girdle. Form was the mother, the former mater, the Latin for mother. The reassurance of a growing penis. Atlanta lemurs nothing. Women who hate men so much they are unable to speak to them. An astringent iced tea concoction. An honest attempt to furnish a room with thin air. Past a certain empty field the hike is done. In a truck I dream I am on a bus. Just because Carl Jung saw a pile of shit in the corner of his room when he was young, doesn't mean we shouldn't just relax a little. The sound a slide projector makes between slides is the closest approximation of swallowing that it can do. It doesn't matter who said it. Look to your satrap and buy on the margin. This is my writing. Let's saponify the info for the purpose of catharsis. It's raining in my ears. It feels like raining in my ears. A dark, tossed Sargasso salad, peppered with violets. My accent is something finer than could be purchased in so removed a dwelling as your own. Joan, Margaret, Joan, Ann, Gilbert, Edmund, Susanna, Judith, and Rik. Bas chevet. No? Waves break night's watch. Sleeping in cars, age is just another form. Vivaldi was the director of the Venice girls choir. And Harvard is not enough. This is bovine wilderness we call homa. Taylor Mead is our Noel Coward. Steve Benson our Stan Laurel. Nemo Coin. Spotswood Green. Big John Wilkes. The ORANGERY TYPETTE. The great Lafayette Leak. So cop and how if you could just put your hand on that there suzerain thang! you would be a pompadour amidship, or a contemptible stumblebum on a flagpole. 42
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] M, O, A, I, doth sway my life. Her C's her V's and her T's. Is this a poem of practise or will you be a thing in lingo? I agree. Next up Fabian, Belch, then Curio as clean-up. That which exists through me is called extra innings. Perception is fatal. Daylight and champion. Life were nothing but an exercise in breathing. Prince Zen, face the musicians. There's a crisis afoot. Couldn't we bury the hatchet? It could be all pigses. War? Where? Good snood. Do birds have art? or do they just sing what comes to mind. Watch out or you'll bear the same relation to that that Kenneth Rexroth does to jazz. Make yourself a baby and hold it, for you don't stand a chance with a ghost like your self. Ants love marijuana in Oakland. Ashtray is piglatin for trash. I dedicate my work to the study of the OTHER. I want you to have the yacht. Few things in poetry are more essentially repulsive than someone reciting it. Some kind of funky swan. Some sort of Arizona surf machine. Some Shrubbery. What we knew when we were you know where. WE DYE SHAG, Let's hope snow for the kid. An Xmas globule. When I see you it makes me want to be a shut-in. You and your 700 fussy tailors, and all her help wears handkerchiefs. I extend to you a fratricide's hand. They've got bad manners and boring morals, we'll just have to assess a penalty. Henrietta Westerly and her little felony. All the bunk and boohoo of what is. The whole hostage thing is just having a drink with Ptolemy. A helicopter napalming the heliotropic is an American invention. Now, one only partly British Isle. A bad SEAHOG at Greenwich Mean Time. If we had an Irishman who needed to be paid to fight the English, we'd assassinate him. We'll hancock the Star Island agreement, so long as the turns are met. Homosexuality requires enlightenment. The G-40 Plus Club for slightly older gays. Midnight amity under the direction of the aurodrama. Lorcan hillsides. Musical barbarians. Speedboat this morning. Then come the mice to meet you. A five year old boy, standing guard at the door of his lesbian mother. The French know cloud without an ascender, imagine that. Wooden words, like a paroled con, manipulate the process with a design of their own. A tree is nothing but the air's kite. Art cannot correct what technology has mistook. An edition of Finnegan's Wake 43
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] without a typo would be unthinkable. But does the ruler of heaven listen to this stuttering? Perhaps it is just nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once. Her way of telling us to spend money. Gin and icicles. Sporting and military chocolate. I need my morning LINE! A field of hideous blonde six year old soccer stars. Too much gulf. Not enough dread. Ashley ashes destroy Datsun but hush. A nubbin fossil in the turf. A tuumba without a hand. A frisky consensus of three. Russia bound corn from Iowa. The coroner's coronary. A jewel on his pinkie. Morman jive and tackle. Mahier in the tabernacle. John's piece The Heavens Shall Glow Beyond for prepared earth. His weltanschauung was finished. This is done in arch form: 2-5, 1-4, 3 repeats, etcetera. If you can't come around, at least you telephone. I don't want any other love. I hold the leash and hear the water splashing off the tree. The stanza slackens. The short sentence is change for the dollar you bring to it. My wrap lies on the steps of the esplanade. A tongue tie. Loosener of limbs. For what is a SONG but a bastard counterfeit of persuasion? People have been more or less undecided about wine for the past 3,000 years, but you too can make a few bucks saying Jack Kerouac, Jack Kerouac. You can have an orgasm in your shoulder or in your neck, and incredibly they will bring you your car. Deracinated savagery conceived from observation. Siberia isn't sunny enough, and Afghanistan is about the only place the Americans haven't put up their hotels. Pass the fagot to bright burning Troy. Look, we put money in banks and do everything else that people do. I like to party with friends and then I like to be by myself again. Boy, was I drunk. Was he handsome. Did my mom give me hell. I am, that is, the piebald colt of heaven. I only tremble in tropical waters. I.e. nobody tells me how to play Space Invaders. Henry Kaiser's got his own. Polycontrast is bad. What we have here is a cross between quantum theory and the UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE. There are now more photographs in the world than there are bricks. The head is in need of a valve job. In deed we find intelligence. Besides, the muse can't do her job without it. The men against violence toward women have a dynamite slide show, while in a grave I sat reclined. This is the B of A crackdown. Refuse to eat on orange seats. There's an eyelash in your math. Check out Johns' version of Munch's bedspread. 44
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] You're supposed to stay AROUND awhile. Who knows for what but you're supposed to stay here for a while. Eat alot of fruit and do your sanas, until you are hit. Drawn shades cover the waterfront. If you listen you will hear the modern genius everywhere. You're in the V. O. mood. You've got the woman. You've got the shirt. You're looking at the camera. You're high. You're yellow. You do what you've gotta do. You have to. You're getting paid. Now how are we ever going to teach these birds the gospel? Survivors of debridement, developing pneumonia under emergency burn treatment, fly the new seven ton American flag. Weighs more than a hundred Betsy Rosses. Really, who wants to settle for an ad twice a year in the Village Voice. Tonight's special is Shepherd's Pie. Sword swallowers take it out back and eat it on a rock. Is real estate really the ultimate hedge? The only logical reason to own property is to sell it. I take my money from heiresses. I mess around with dope. Did you ever hear of someone named LaBont? Well you will. Clifford Brown plays my kind of trumpet, but nothing like, after a long trip, Dex. Remember all about what you said. The future's crypt opens wide its doors. They were just roving PROPHYLACTICS in the Reagan Administration. They were the ones who arranged Rockefeller's death. Reagan's life. It's high time this country had leadership of celluloid and oil. In our last chapter the destroyer had tied up at Iceland and the Captain and executive officer were drunk. Older people, well, their hands shake. It indicated a decided lack of design savvy to print a poem like The Skaters sans serif. You and I, we have the same typewriter in the Western night, tired at Easter. It's been a long time since it was true that anything we did was art and it's about time the shells were dumped out with the eggheads. Mar the clay and score the pot. Nice to see the colored brothers getting into their latin possibility. The testy, bean-dip eating winners of prizes. How vulgar can you get? The girl you're sleeping with would lick the diseased asshole of a CIA agent. According to Ice Berg Slim, the ex pimp, no person is good when in bed. How could such a smart man propose such a dumb thesis? The tokens wore his pockets. Before he left his two month captivity as a hostage, the U. S. Ambassador kissed a tiny female guerilla who was wearing a blue satin mask. "She's a doctor," he said. One of those enthusiastic but not extraordinarily sophisticated sorts that approves too much. So you want to join the bar? 45
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] that profession prepossessed with ideas of wrong which invents a notice of justice as its ideal? What we are developing here is overtakelessness. No job is really interesting that is not trouble from the start. You can tell looking at Malevitch why the Russians beat us into space, and why we followed. Spar integrity in the rotor blade. But nothing so beautiful as the earth on dope. Bunchberry, loosestrife, hog peanut, common agrimony. He did alot for the arts, then everybody griped cause he fooled around a little. He didn't even know death's mother-in-law. Coors beer at the Phantom Ranch. He wasn't having any of it. He was into Hoop Art. He liked Brice Marden, the writer. They're beautiful. They're the ones that don't get dirty. The filly has a little filling in the right hind ankle on the outside, where there is a nick. She was a PHANTOM OF DELIGHT when first she raked me over. I felt like the view the camera had of its shutters. A record is a postcard of music, and thought destroys NATURE. The planning commission in India is mounting a cremation forestry program, putting women to work in rural areas so there'll be enough wood to burn the dead bodies. Lacking real dead, the merchants hung their flags at half mast for the hostages, who were as good as dead. Nobody wants to die single, but it's nature makes you go, into the herald air. Adieu, nice presents. Adieu, unpardonable thingamabob. You have a rubious lip. You feel the bite as the orgasm which the mosquito is too small to have within. Treetop tendrils dovetailing willy nilly. Considerably different, if not altogether opposite, his hearing did derring-do, though the peerers were sure to veto it. But it was as SPORT at eventide, and it made his heritage just blossom. But this is not the sunset and twilight of Bernard Berenson. This is federal abortion. Exciting things are happening which affect our health. Long live Rudy Chapa. They plan to inseminate an elephant with elephantine sperm, doctored to contain the genes of the long extinct wooly mammoth, and they plan to do this in Michigan, where G. M. executives are selling their stock. They're no dummies. I am. A notion that decays almost the moment is is plucked, like a lute stop. In one sense and out the other. Might it be a budding schizoid, experiencing this thing called father hunger? A city's architecture is a collage. A cut-up is an autopsy. I didn't study examples, but lacked none. 46
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] Whatever you think, this life is devoted to out and out seriousness. I have nothing to say but health and activity to you all. And thanks to Goya, and to Billy Strayhorn. All this was but a camisado. Put up your dukes. Love is not a gift, but an achievement. Otherwise, carless people full of smoke. Stone or bone. The rich imitate the garb of the out of work in self defense. I saw a man meticulously picking for ten resolute minutes through the garbage can at the bus stop, surrounded by people with money. He drank the end of the coke cup. He took out the newspapers. He rescued the aluminum. I Joined the INFANTRY to finish my education and get some muscles and put enough bread together to buy a motorcycle, going where the women are veiled and a guy with a trained moth could make a fortune. I never dreamed of being a cable splicer when I was a little girl. I don't think you need any color yet, but we should start thinking about it. The first greying sometimes arrives before the acme's reached. Waxy sisal. Ghastly pudding. You moan, you squirm, you scream, you rope, you tie me. Shop Talk. I'm tossing nature at your feet and you fret about the shit on your chaussures. Intention is to write as though the language were predestined. Eventually you end up on some rock, talking to your jailer. I've had enough evening already. But there is a delicate FORM of the empirical which identifies itself so intensely with its object that it thereby becomes a theory. Visible are the burning dollars in the knowledgable red night. Home from the war, the war at home. Music is, after all, the only importance this country can claim in the world at large. So I'm going to be furious when you grow up without me, writing your Ode to Sport, breakfasting sine croissants, putting down roots in astroturf. It is you know not I. It is an image of what I do, that's all folk. I know the people I have believed, and I am persuaded they can keep what has been delivered. Hola, meshuggeneh. Ciao, bistecchina. The theme is not to x the stream. Hold fast the form of sound words. Let the SPLEEN be the correction of the intestines. In extreme, the spirit that survives destruction. But I didn't just get dropped here. I made my way. It is too late for argument. Look. The long walk has already begun. 47
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] Codex That is the glebe and this is the glissando. The future is nothing But a flying wing. You must make your case either with names or with an unfolding. A position or a disclosure, a microbus. The corridor, the cascade, what stuck. Glacier notes over the tops of hills. To be close again, as it was in the leanto. Lengthen the line and increase the leading. These are the helloes of progress. At the kitchen table the books are pored over, much as a neighbor will bum a cigaret. The bungalow, radioed and occupied, has no other path to follow but the venture, The undeniable yielding turmoil mapped out for us for life. Somebody might ought cook someone a square meal. Life in our adulthood Is mistaken for wanting completion.\What it longs to do is continue being. The BEES are sleeping beneath the pergola. At the end of each lesson is the vocabulary. If one opening clouds, another will clear, so long as you both will breathe. Where's a shovel or something, I say, what can dig, or a trowel? Language pointed To its content. A crowd of people at the beach screaming "Tuna! tuna!" The evening Breeze, trembling trees, the night, the stars. And there you are, in a manner of speaking. So at sunset the clouds went nuts. They thought they were a text. This language of the general o'erflows the measure, but my brother and I liked it alot. I think I'll just pause long enough here to call God a bitter name. Ripeness is all right but the lip is a couplet and nobody knows fuck-all about it. The THREAD has always been bias. There are alternatives to purchasing goods To recruit admirers. Right, but is it what Verdi would have wanted? Nor is it enough to be seen by your youngers as having carried the tradition To a good place. Given disasters everywhere, don't drink from the tap. And for what reason make anything that is not for flight? There are treatments to keep your retina from becoming detached but for what -- To see this? Why, there are things about Israel not dreamed of in the Bible. How could I miss you when my aim is dead. The goal is sea sounds not yet writ. All right. Enjoy the heads of your beaches. I'm not going in order To get tied up on spec, but I wanted you to meet your fellow brains. Thank you, People of destiny, for your brilliant corners. I like your voice. Look where it's come from. 48
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AKA, yack yack, 7, Chocolate, 13 A, L=, 27 A, L = A = N = G = U =, 27 Accent, Shakespeare, 24, 42 Aer Lingus, 38 Agog, 16 Aims, 32 Air, 16 Airborne, the ship, 31 Aired, ever heard, 12 All, John Ashbery, 35 All right, 48 Ante, upped, 10 Armed, and amorous, 28 Around, supposed to stay... awhile, 45 Art, throw down, 20; 23; attraction to deformity of, 41 Ass, 25 Autopsy, 46 Backdrop, 31 Beach Boys, 9 Bees, beneath the pergola, 48 Bellaire, Martins Ferry, 26 Beyond, The Heavens Shall Glow, 44 Blow Up, I'd seen, 6 Boa, flying, 33 Bolts, Frank O'Hara, 35 Bone, 30 Book, Let's, 42 Boys, Beach, English homage to, 9 Buffet, for a moment, 25 C, cup, 25 Cage, John, 26 Called, 22 Can, (vas) (sic), 37 Car, she painted her, 36 "Cells," Clark Coolidge, 38 Chain, one of the people on the great, 11 Change, things will not, 32 Check, sap, 32 C.I.A., 45 Clear, another will, 48 Clouds, one opening, 48 Code, 30 Coke, like a, 9 Cufflinks, 20 Cuisinart, 19, 22 Cupid, and Psyche, the marriage of, 18 Cut, 6 Darn, 21 Debridement, 45 Debris, sky rains plane, 27 Deluge, ahead of the, 17
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[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] Destiny, 19 Dig, I say what can, 48 Diner, Nairobi Stereophonic, 22 Dinner, the poet's, 16 Door, revolving, 21 Down, so's loft shout throw, 20 Dropsy, 18 Dyke, 25, 31 Dykes, 8 E, L = A = N = G = U = A = G = , 27 East River, Mayakovsky's mistake, 19 Empedocles, limpid, 17 English, 25 Ensuance, James Joyce, 6 Epoxy, 37 ERADCOM, 35 Eremite the First, signed, 15 Error, the latest reigning, 30 Et, in the bag, 30 Excited, not, 22 Fauvist rave, 22 Fictive Music, the fourth is, 20 Figure, diction's danger, 37 First, Eremite the, 15 Flying boa, 33 Form, 47 XIVth, Louis the, 9 Futures, orange Juice, 37; 'crypt, 45 G, L = A = N =, 27 G, L = A = N = G = U = A, 27 Gai, moo goo, 38 Gesso, 37 Geyser, 39 Glow, The Heavens Shall, 44 Goo, moo, 38 Hand, the other, 31 Harp Seal, 8 Heavens, John's piece The, 44 Hem, 30 Hue, 12 Incomplete, John Ashbery, 35 Index, 49, 50 Infantry, author joined the, 47 Intention, 47 JFK, School of Consciousness, 11 Knits, James Joyce, 6 L=, 27 Lagoon, 13 Laminated, 36 50
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, language of the magazine, 27 Lectures, Shakespeare, 24; Four, Rodefer, 1 Legends, 40 Limpid Empedocles, 17 Line, morning!, 44 Lingus, Aer, 38 Library, day in the, 36 Lies, in the spine, 24 Livid, 6 Loops, 22 Lydian mode, 15 Marriage of Cupid and Psyche, 18 Martins Ferry, Bellaire, 26 Mason, fucking, 34 Mode, Lydian, 15 Money, throw down art, 20 Moo goo gai pan, 38 More, 23 Mosaic, 4 Music, 4, 20, 47 N, L=A=, 27 Nairobi Stereophonic Diner, 22 Nature, 10, 46 Nausea, 10 News, 11 Next, 13 Nome, 16 Not excited, 22 Nuts, soapy, 21 Opera, 1st American, 40 Orangery typette, 42 Other, study of, 43 Pan, moo goo gai, 38 Paracelsus, 36 Peonies, 27 Personality, 21 Plane Debris, 24, 27, 49, 51 Poetry, 5 Poet's Dinner, 16 Principle, Uncertainty, 44 Proof, reader, 31 Prophylactics, 45 Psyche, Marriage of Cupid and, 18 Quantum Theory, 44 Quips, your, 16 Rains, Sky, 27 Redness, 33 Replica, of the speech of the world, William Carlos Williams, 15 Revolution, 2, 41 Revolving door, 21 Right, all, 48 River, East, Mayakovsky's mistake, 19 51
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] Rodeo, 7 Roof, 33 Rows, exact retrogrades of earlier, 29 Ruin, ordinary human love, 41 Sack, 20 Sap check, 32 Saturation job, 31 Savage, Karl Marx, the dark little, 12 Sea, from a continuous, 40 Seaboard, Maine-eating, 42 Seahog, 43 Seams, to the, 33 Seal, Harp, 8 Semen, as a dairy product, 42 7, 32 Shadow, water bugs' mittens, 5 Shall, The Heavens, 44 Sign, 17 Signs, 24 SKOGRAM, 32 Sky Rains Plane Debris, 27 Sluice, Frank O'Hara, 35 So, you ask, 29 Soap, 26 Soapy nuts, 21 Solo, play a, 27 Song, what is a, 44 Sources, 31 Speech, it was not really that, William Carlos Williams, 15 Spleen, correction of the intestines, 47 Sponges, 28 Spookiness, John Ashbery, 35 Sport, at eventide, 46 Stamina, 8 Stereophonic Diner, Nairobi, 22 Stone, 47 Straightjackets, 40 Synecdoche, as echo on schedule, 21 Tawny, beautiful crystals of vouchsafe night, 26 Teeth, 25 Text, figure the, of which we are now the event, 7, 48 The Heavens Shall Glow Beyond, 44 Theory, Quantum, 44 Thread, 33, 48 THROW DOWN ART MONEY 20 Tipple, 33 Tissue, 16 Tradition, 4, 8, 48 Trash, ashtray as piglatin for, 43 Tub, 20 Tuna, pinch of, 19; screaming, 48 TV, you know, 28 Typette, organery, 42 U, L A = N = G =, 27 52
[Reading Copy Only: facsimile available at http://english.utah.edu/eclipse] Uncertainty Principle, 44 Universe, 29 Up, Blow, 6 Upped ante, 10 Verse, 24 VSD 71248, 10 Vulgar, 45 Wac, 30 Wet, 24 X, 47 You, 7 53

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